Paws on the Pavement, Barking for Life

By Alice Maggiore

April 22, 2012 Updated May 2, 2012 at 2:40 AM EST

Town of Maine, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Paws took to the pavement Sunday morning for the first-ever Bark for Life in Broome County.

The idea started in Pennsylvania because dogs are not allowed at Relay for Life Events in the spring and summer.

Owners here can bring their furry friends, and still raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Organizers say animals can be very comforting, and a key to help those living with cancer recover.

"They're wonderful caregivers, wonderful companions, and they really do help cancer survivors. Which is a lot when they're going through their journey," said Amy Payne, Senior Director of Relay for Life in Western Broome. "...'Cause you know, dogs are there for you all the time."

Some of the dogs are cancer survivors as well. They wore purple sashes.

The event is a preview to the Western Broome Relay for Life scheduled for May 19 and 20 at Sammon Field in Vestal.

For more information, or to get involved, call (607) 766-6966.

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